As I prepared this column, the 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley was approaching. I’ve loved Elvis as long as I can remember, and his RCA 2-LP album from the early ’70s serves as the soundtrack for my childhood. (You can take the girl out of the Midwest, but you can’t take the Midwest out of the girl.)
So, it should come as no surprise that “Elvis Presley’s Death — What Really Killed the King?” from HuffPost grabbed my attention when originally published in 2016, or that I’ve occasionally returned to it. The author, Garry Rodgers, cites a study by Dr. Forest Torrent that puts forth his case for repeated traumatic brain injuries and a subsequent autoimmune disorder as the causes of Elvis’ decline. (You can read Dr. Torrent’s paper on www.practicalpainmanagement.com.) Certainly, no one can argue: the change from the 33-year-old Elvis in his 1968 television special to his health and appearance at the time of his death, at age 42, is striking.